The Society for Ecological Restoration is proud to be hosting the RE3 Conference from June 7-11, 2020 in Quebec City in partnership with the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA), and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS). The dawn of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) is ideal timing for the joint conference. This conference is being co-organized by SER-Ontario and SER-New England, will be SER’s second North American continental conference.

The theme of the conference is “From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding.” It aims to stimulate discussions about the range of environmental management approaches advocated by the three hosting societies. Reclaiming is recognized and practiced by many industries, including mining and petrol extraction. Restoring is recognized most broadly around the world, and has been the main focus of SER. Rewilding, or bringing back to nature, allows us to dream. These terms apply to ideas found in industry, science, practice, society, and imagination. They run from the practical to the creative and aim to engage a diverse audience of restoration practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

Included below are upcoming deadlines and general information. Registration opens soon and current SER members will receive a reduced rate on conference fees. If you have questions about your membership status, please contact

We hope to see you in June!

Quebec City is among the world’s top travel destinations.

General information

Keynote speakers will be:
Hans Joosten – Prof. at University of Greifswald and Secretary-General of the IMCG
Eric Higgs – Prof. at University of Victoria
Karsten Heuer – Parks Canada and former Y2Y president
Karin Kettenring – Prof. at Utah State University
Dianna Kopansky – Peatlands Policy & Program Expert at UN Environment Programme
17 field trips have been confirmed, with more to come
Information on the Organizing Committeeis available on the event website
Several confirmed partners


Deadline for call for proposals for symposia, workshops and short courses: November 1st, 2019
Registration and call for abstracts starts: November 15, 2019

Questions about this conference? Contact Alexis Gibson at